SYDNEY, N.S. — It was a dream vacation that began with a nightmare.

Marcie Shwery-Stanley recently boarded an Air Canada jet by being carried up a steep set of stairs by three men.

“I was not only frightened to death, it was very demeaning,” said the Sydney woman who needs a wheelchair to get around. “It was a terrible experience and I’m looking into making a formal complaint.

“This is not acceptable. I’m hoping some exposure will get Air Canada to do something about this.”

Shwery-Stanley, who has been an advocate for people with disabilities for the past 37 years, said she travels frequently and is loyal to Air Canada. On Oct. 4 she headed for a trip to Las Vegas that started with a flight from Sydney’s J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport to Toronto.

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